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Power of attorney fees see 15% cut

by Sarah Ashcroft The government has announced that people applying for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) will be helped by a 15 per cent reduction in application fees. Justice minister Helen Grant revealed the changes, which will see fees reduced from £130… Find out more

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Banks improve their handling of powers of attorney

by Sarah Ashcroft A power of attorney is a hugely important document that effectively puts one person’s future in the hands of another – usually a family member or a close friend. It’s a wise move to put one in place, as it… Find out more

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General power of attorney useful when moving overseas

by Sarah Ashcroft Heading overseas to start a new life is a popular move among Britons, with destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, the US and France among those where plenty of people choose to move. There are clearly advantages to… Find out more

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How to register a lasting power of attorney

If you’ve chosen someone to look after your affairs in case you’re not able to control them yourself and have made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), then it needs to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian for it… Find out more

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The powers you can give with a LPA

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to formally appoint a close friend or relative as an ‘attorney’ so that they can make decisions on your behalf. You can give them the power now to be… Find out more

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What does a power of attorney do?

All of us know that we need to write a Will to make sure that our loved ones are financially secure in the event of our death. But what happens if you get ill and you can’t look after yourself… Find out more

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Why should I make a lasting power of attorney?

by Sarah Ashcroft As you get older, there are plenty of things to worry about and one of the primary concerns will always be your health. You never know when you might suffer from a serious illness that affects your body… Find out more

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Why you need a lasting power of attorney

Considering death and the possibility of serious ill-health isn’t something that anybody wants to do, but it undoubtedly makes sense to spend a little time thinking through the implications of either. While a Will is the obvious answer to any concerns you… Find out more

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Why draw up a living will?

There are a number of reasons to draw up a living will, which has been reclassified as an Advance Decision in England and Wales. It enables you to communicate your medical wishes should you become too ill to voice them yourself.… Find out more

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How to make an advance decision

When an advance decision form is completed, it is a legally-binding agreement in England and Wales that states what treatment you do or do not want should you become too incapacitated to make the decision due to physical or mental illness. It… Find out more